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Iranian Leader Says Calling for Talks without Missiles is ‘Treason’

March 30, 2016 Iran Nuclear Program, News
Talks without missiles not an option for Iran. Illustrative official meeting. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Evan Schneider

Talks without missiles not an option for Iran. Illustrative official meeting. Photo Courtesy of UN Photo/Evan Schneider

The leader of Iran is willing to negotiate: just not with everyone, and not without continuing their controversial long-range missile tests. Ayatollah Khamenei, via his Twitter feed, went so far as to say that those who dismiss missiles could be traitors. Khamenei tweeted on Wednesday that those who say the new world is one of negotiations and not missiles, “if said unwarily, it’s unawareness; otherwise it’s treason.”

Khamenei went on to tweet that he does support talks, sometimes. “Islamic Republic must use all means. I support political talks in global issues, but not with everyone. Today is era of both missile & talk.” Iran has come under criticism from the US and elsewhere for conducting long-range missile tests in spite of UN resolutions addressing their aggressive activity. The US reiterated that while Iran has adhered to the letter of their nuclear agreement, the missile tests weren’t innocent. … Continue Reading

Iran Responds to US Sanctions by Threatening More Missile Tests

March 26, 2016 Iran Nuclear Program, News
US issues sanctions, and Iran responds with threats. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

US issues sanctions, and Iran responds with threats. Illustrative – US Capitol Building. By Joshua Spurlock

The US recently issued more sanctions on Iranian entities with connections to Iran’s missile program after recent long-range missile tests by the Islamic Republic. Two days later, Iran responded: by threatening more missile tests. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif was quoted by PressTV as saying on Saturday, “We will respond to recent US measures against Iran’s missile program by further boosting our missile power.”

Zarif recently took to Twitter to defend the missile tests, arguing that missiles are for self-defense and would have prevented attacks on Iranian civilians by Iraq in the 1980s war between the nations. But that wouldn’t explain why Iran’s own Fars News Agency reported that one of the latest missiles tested had written on it, in Hebrew, “Israel should be wiped off the Earth”. An analyst in Israel, meanwhile, believes that Israel could defend itself against Iran’s nuclear program if it comes to that. … Continue Reading

US Hits Back at Iranian Missiles in UN ahead of New Advanced Rocket Test

March 16, 2016 Iran Nuclear Program, News
Is Iran building  intercontinental missiles for nuclear warheads? Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

Is Iran building intercontinental missiles for nuclear warheads? Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

The United States is warning that Iran is poised to launch a more advanced rocket than ever before—with applications to technology used for intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that strike far away from Iranian soil. An American official, speaking with CNN, told the news network that Iran could fire a three-stage rocket carrying a satellite at any time. The potential test is compared to one North Korea performed earlier in the year.

Based on a previous CNN report about the range on the rocket fired by North Korean, a similar rocket for Iran would put Paris and London in range and be well on the way to reaching the US. Earlier this week, the US struck back at Iran diplomatically following the last round of missile tests by broaching the subject at the United Nations. And the US is arguing that Iran is acting in “defiance” of the UN resolution that codified the nuclear deal signed last year. … Continue Reading

Iran Aimed to Hack US Finances, NY Dam During Nuke Talks

Did the US know Iran was hacking American institutions while negotiating the nuclear deal? US flag. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Did the US know Iran was hacking American institutions while negotiating the nuclear deal? US flag. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Hackers on a mission from the Iranian government hacked into the back office systems of a New York dam and were cyber-probing American financial institutions roughly two years ago—just as the Iranian government was negotiating a nuclear deal with the US and other world powers. The report from CNN on the situation further said that the US is planning to publicly “name and shame” Iran for the cyber attacks. It also noted the US didn’t take much time to determine that Iran was behind the hacks.

CNN further reported that the US is escalating their efforts to counter Iran in the cyber world, where the Islamic Republic’s activities are growing. While the dam cyber incident didn’t touch the operational systems—which could have led to a cyber-terror attack—the situation nonetheless raised concerns. … Continue Reading

Israeli Leader Says World Must Respond to Any Iran Nuke Violations

January 17, 2016 Iran Nuclear Program, News
Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

While Iran’s nuclear sanctions have been lifted after they reportedly completed their initial requirements under the nuclear deal with the major world powers, they should still be closely monitored and held accountable for any efforts to build nuclear weapons. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in comments released by his office that the world powers and the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency “must closely monitor activity at Iran’s nuclear installations and other sites in order to verify that it is not continuing to develop nuclear weapons in secret.”

The Israeli leader warned that “unless there is an appropriate response to each violation, Iran will understand that it can continue to develop nuclear weapons, undermine regional stability and spread terrorism.” … Continue Reading

UN Report Says Iran Worked on Nuclear Weapons Until 2009

December 2, 2015 Iran Nuclear Program, News
Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

Radiation Warning Symbol. Public Domain.

Iran’s nuclear program has been further uncovered by the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency in a new report, and it confirms that Iran was conducting “activities” relevant to nuclear weapons until 2009. The New York Times said the report, published by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is ultimately inconclusive about Iran’s nuclear program—possibly because Iran failed to fully answer all questions posed to them.

This led Israel to argue the investigation should not stop there. “Unless and until the investigation is completed, the world will not know the full extent of Iran’s covert nuclear weapons program and where it stands today,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in comments released by his office. However, The New York Times report implied this would likely wrap up the Iranian nuclear investigation, as the release of the report is a key part of the nuclear deal signed with major world powers earlier this year. … Continue Reading

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